Hillsong United - Tear Down The Walls: Across The Earth
STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 81481-15590 LABEL: Hillsong Music HMACD223 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-06-03 RRP: £13.00
Reviewed by Ian Thomson
The Australian aggregation have come to be synonymous in the world of worship music with passion, determination and a generic, guitar-driven rock worship. That said, 'Tear Down The Walls' is a good album. It harnesses the songwriting capabilities of a large number of young and not-so-young musicians from within the Hillsong youth ministry, which lends a certain variety to the music featured. The familiar energy of United is evident in the early and late sections of the worship set, with Reuben Morgan and Scott Ligertwood's anthemic "Freedom Is Here" getting the ball rolling, and Joel Davies and Braden Lang's passionate rock track "Yours Forever" bringing things to a screeching but scripted halt. In the mid-section, the mood is gentled down with more reflective contributions, such as Brooke Ligertwood's "Soon" and Sam Knock's "Arms Open Wide". It is good to see a minimum of recycled material here. Admittedly, both "Desert Song" and "Your Name High" have already been released on the 'This Is Our God' album, but after 'The iHeart Revolution' was released as a live album featuring a huge swathe of pre-released material, United fans will be glad to have something slightly different here. Top track from the album? Brooke's vocals alone have to make "Soon" pick of the bunch, but it is a tough call.
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In 2009, Hillsong United return with their 10th album – featuring 10 brand new live praise & worship songs including such anthems as the title track ‘Tear Down the Walls’ & ‘You Hold Me Now’ + new recordings of favourites ‘Desert Song’ & ‘Your Name High’. So what would a church with no walls look like? It looks like justice… not ignoring poverty or hunger… or the person next to me on the subway. Where faith translates to praise, and all our inadequacies kneel down at the feet of the King…. Where my wants…my needs… my aims and my ambitions bow to His. Worship that is simple, plain, effective, fair, honest, righteous, moral and authentic… Worship that calls a cross the earth, leaving redemption in its wake. This is our latest project from Hillsong United… What God is doing in us, is our story… but what you choose to do with it.. is yours. This is our heart’s cry, our soul’s hope, and our certainty.
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